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John Orth – German Immigrant in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

In 1910, John Orth, an immigrant from Germany, was living in the household of his son, Jacob A. Orth, in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  At that time, John, a widower, was living on his Civil War pension, which was referred to in the census as “own income.”  The son was a bookkeeper and the household […]

March 2013 Posts

A listing of the March 2013 posts on the Gratz Historical Society Civil War Blog with direct links: Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – Regular Issues of the 1950s through the 1960s Solomon Eyster of Barry Township – Died at Mower General Hospital, Philadelphia John Orth – German Immigrant in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry Victorian Home: […]


Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project.   Updated 12 April 2011. ++++ Updated 19 April 2012. A Nicholas Adams (1843-1927)—- William Adams (18xx-xxxx) —- Joseph J. Alleman (1847-xxxx) —-William Alleman (1844-1894) —- John Allman (1838-xxxx) —- David Alspach (1839-1864) […]

Halifax Area Civil War Veterans

In 1969, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, celebrated 175 years of history by publishing a book, Indian Arrows to Atoms or the Story of Halifax and the Valleys.  In the preface to the book, Halifax Historian Lee B. Noblet wrote the following: Out of the past came a voice from a wilderness saying “If tall and […]